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noun ser·if \ˈser-əf\

Simple Definition of serif

  • : one of the short lines near the top and bottom of the long parts of some printed letters

Full Definition of serif

  1. :  any of the short lines stemming from and at an angle to the upper and lower ends of the strokes of a letter

ser·ifed or ser·iffed play \-əft\ adjective

Illustration of serif

Origin of serif

probably from Dutch schreef stroke, line, from Middle Dutch, from schriven to write, from Latin scribere — more at scribe


First Known Use: 1841

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